As a garage athlete, you have a ton of options when it comes to competing. One sport that seems tailor made for garage lifters is Strongman. You lift oddly shaped objects, much of it DIY pieces and are encouraged to drop heavy things at the end of reps. Not very commercial gym friendly but excellent for looking savage in front of your neighbors.
Saturday, April 16th, I attended the United States Strongman True Grit Strongman Competition in Cleveland, TN. It was a great event with a good mix of first time competitors and seasoned veterans of the sport. I had the opportunity to interview the Masters Heavy weight second place finisher, Brian Pankey who also happens to be my older brother. He gave a candid and informative description of why and how he became a strongman competitor at age 46.
The interview includes clips from his competitions and a tour of his awesome outdoor gym at his home in Rhea County, TN which features both home-made and purchased equipment.
If you don’t already, you owe it to yourself to follow Brian on Instagram @uncleboo56.
If you’d like more information about competing in strongman; I recommend visiting Kalle Beck’s Starting Strongman.
John Greaves III writes everywhere that will return his nagging emails. He is the founder of https://garagegymlife.net/ and has authored two fiction books involving powerlifting which aren’t boring but are available on Amazon.com. John earned a Combat Action Ribbon the old-fashioned way in Operation Iraqi Freedom II and taught hundreds of motivated Devil Dogs how to punch, kick, stab and strangle as a Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor and flew home from the 2001 International Kickboxing Federation National Championships angry because he only got a silver medal. Now he’s learning the way of squat, bench and deadlift as a competitor in the Masters Division on the Gogginsforce team. John is constantly seeking out interesting people who have rejected an average life in favor of building an extraordinary legacy. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org .